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Around The Pac 12 - Week 11

Our weekly look around the league with observations on each of the games that Pac 12 teams played over the weekend...

Stanford 52

Oregon 27

-- It's hard to believe, but Christian McCaffrey's 61-yard TD run in the first quarter is the longest play from scrimmage for the Cardinal this season.

-- This should tell you how bad Oregon's defense is...they allowed Keller Chryst to complete 19 of his 26 attempts for 258 yards and three touchdowns. By comparison, against Oregon State, Chryst went 10 of 17 for 60 yards. Wow.

-- Stanford got 21 points off of three Oregon turnovers.

-- Royce Freeman busted out with his best game in five weeks as he rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

-- This is the first time since 2004 that Oregon is not bowl eligible. Can Mark Helfrich survive?

-- Oregon's three home losses are also the most since 2004 as well and they have lost seven of their last eight for the first time since 1991.


Colorado 49

Arizona 24 

-- Colorado's Sefo Liufau is just one touchdown away from tying the Colorado career record for passing touchdowns (60). He finished the night 19 of 27 for 213 yards with three touchdowns and an interception and he also rushed for a touchdown in the game as well.

-- Arizona tried to bring pressure by sending blitzers on a regular basis, but their outside guys were just no match for the Colorado's Shay Fields who finished with six receptions for 108 yards and two scores.

-- Samajie Grant was the lone bright spot for Arizona totaling 113 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He's really quick and explosive, but he's only one guy.

-- Arizona is in big trouble at quarterback. People have started to figure out Brandon Dawkins and he just can't get it done through the air.

-- The win was Colorado's first in Tucson since 1985.


Washington State 56

California 21

-- Kaleb Fossum's 75-yard punt return to start the scoring was the first punt return for a touchdown since 2005 for Washington State.

-- River Cracraft hauled in nine receptions for 87 yards and three touchdowns before blowing out his knee and ending his season in the fourth quarter. Tough break for a kid who has really turned into a very good player for the Cougs.

-- Luke Falk surpassed 300 yards passing for the 23rd time in his career which surpassed Connor Halliday's record of 22. For the night, Falk completed 36 of 50 for 373 yards with five touchdowns and a pick.

-- WSU's Gabe Marks is now, statistically, the most prolific receiver in Pac 12 history as he surpassed Nelson Spruce's conference record of 294 receptions on his final catch of the night. Marks had seven receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

-- This is the first time WSU has been 7-0 in conference play ever.

-- Cal hadn't lost in Pullman since 2001.



Oregon State 24

-- Not to get into a uniform debate, but I really liked the Bruins' all navy blue uniforms. Throw their regular helmet on with that uniform combination and I think it's one of the best looking combos in the country.

-- Gary Andersen has his team playing hard every game and he seems to know what buttons to push to get them going. He just needs more talent there. It will come.

-- UCLA was finally able to run the ball as they finished with 29 carries for 163 yards. Still pretty pedestrian but Heisman-like in UCLA's filter as they had been averaging just 87 yard per game on the ground.

-- Oregon State is a much different team when Ryan Nall is in the backfield. He's only a sophomore, so if they can figure out a way to keep him healthy, he could be one of the better tailbacks in the conference over the next two years.


Utah 49

Arizona State 26

-- This was Troy Williams' best game, statistically, of the season as he went 21 of 37 for 296 yards and four touchdowns.

-- Utah sacked ASU's Manny Wilkins 11 times. Hunter Dimick had five of them while Pita Taumoepenu chipped in with three. 

-- Utah held the Sun Devils to just 41 yards on the ground, but they did surrender 355 yards through the air.

-- Freshman N'Keal Harry looks like he's starting to figure it out. He had eight receptions for 114 yards and looks the part of a top-end wideout over the next few years.

-- Joe Williams continues to run roughshod over Utah's opponents. He had just 15 carries, but he went for 181 yards and two scores. Top Stories